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“If I could .. I would take all of Hillary's tours! They're that good!”

Inside Chicago Walking Tours
Ranked #1 of 217 Tours in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Walking tours that delight visitors with the "second side of the Second City," with gorgeous, fascinating, and often hidden details behind many doors. Get to know Chicago through its real-life stories: the explorers, settlers, architects, business people, laborers, immigrants, and revolutionaries who developed the area from its beginnings as a marshy outpost to the beating heart of America that it is today. Walk your walk through modern architectural history, all the way to plans for the future look of Chicago! Inside Chicago Walking Tours is a young walking tour company founded by Hillary Marzec, an experienced tour guide and product development director for a major sightseeing company in Chicago. Given the freedom to research and construct her own tours, she used her years of experience as a teacher, writer, improv comedian, and tour guide to create tours that tell the story of Chicago in an engaging, educational, and always entertaining way. We know that the best way to get information to "stick" with people -- and to be interesting to people -- is to convey it like a story, with a logical beginning, middle, and end. Most architecture tours of Chicago -- boats, walks, segways, etc. --present you the city like an overwhelming laundry list of information that you'll likely forget. For us, there is a reason we are exploring a certain area, or following a certain path: the architecture that we explore is like the vocabulary of the larger story we are telling. What makes us different? It's our ability to find the hidden and fascinating details of buildings and areas that people pass through or pass by every day. It's our passion for showing visitors, whether they be out-of-towners or Chicagoans, a side of Chicago that they haven't noticed before. We love to focus on the stunning interiors of buildings throughout downtown Chicago - including many of the buildings along the river - and we even provide you with an "insider's scoop" on lots of the exterior architectural elements that most guides won't show you. Your guide, Hillary, will delight you with a side of Chicago you've never seen. Take it from a past tour participant: "Imagine your favorite teacher when you were growing up - engaging, charismatic, and really made you love learning. That's Hillary. Don't miss her tours!"
Reviewed June 10, 2015

Inside Chicago Walking Tours offers a very unique perspective on Chicago and it's architecture. Whether you're new to the city or you've lived here forever -- this is a tour you should go see!

Hillary was amazing! And I've raved to anyone and everyone about her tour since I've taken it. Her knowledge base is astounding. You will learn so much about Chicago's history and the buildings you will visit, but the information is never dry. Hillary makes her tours interactive and fun. The entertainment value is great! Her tour will leave you with a thirst for exploration and an appreciation for details that might otherwise be overlooked.

Bring your camera and your walking shoes! Enjoy your tour!

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed June 8, 2015

We took the dazzling interiors of the loop - the World within walking tour with Hilary today. Hilary and the tour were dazzling, amazing, and full of wonderful surprises. She has created one of the most enjoyable, beautiful and unique tours we have ever taken. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of our trip. So many really cool and amazing facts were shared in a fun and interesting way. Thank you Hilary for such a fascinating tour.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed June 8, 2015

Hillary taught us that if you don't open a door you will miss what's on the other side. Her enthusiasm and love for her city was contagious. We love Chicago. The Board of Trade, the Rookery, Palmer Hotel and Cultural Centre must be revealed by her to be appreciated. It is a fun and friendly easy walk that shows you what you miss from the street.
Thank you Hillary for a great afternoon.
Karen and Jane (aka Thelma and Louise)n

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Karen M
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Reviewed June 7, 2015

Loved the "Melting Pot" walk with Hillary. Very informative, friendly and attentive to her audience and their questions. Never rushed. Especially enjoyed our walk through the French Market where we had a chance to buy a treat to enjoy as we walked and talked. This lady has done her homework and is very knowledgeable. We are looking forward to taking another one of her tours. My advice - don't miss this one!!!

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

Tour guide (Hillary) was very knowledgable, friendly, and funny! It was really funny for all ages and interests.

Date of experience: May 2015
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